Field Meetings

NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings

Field meetings are open to  members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under  NEWS items).

Field meetings for 2019 are listed below.

Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn.  Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant.  Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.

Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations!  Also note that return times are approximate only.

Notes for meetings led by June Atkinson:

Enquiries to her on 01423 885612 or mobile 07811 929925

Pick-up point for minibus and coach outings: meet at York Place Car Park, off York Road, Knaresborough – behind Marquis of Granby pub. Car parking charge: £1.60 all day. Please have exact money for the machine.

Booking form for trip on 12 Feb 2019

Please note that the price for the bookable trips is now £17, not £15 as advertised. This is due to increased operator charges.

Notes for all the ‘botanical’ field trips

A packed lunch is required; events would normally finish around 4:00. Please email or ‘phone the organiser to say you are coming, this will make it possible to car share – many of the venues have little parking; also changes to the printed programme may have occurred. Please bring next-of-kin name and phone number.

Contact details: Muff = 01423 340 694; Kerry = 01423 540267

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Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m.  These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.

HDNS Guest lecture: Birds' eggs

Professor Tim Birkhead will talk on birds' eggs
When: Thu October 3 19:30 - 21:00
Where: Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall

Yorkshire to Wales and beyond

Paul Irving
Paul will cover his move to Wales last year, and also illustrate his travels to Finland, Spain and Bulgaria
When: Wed October 9 19:30 - 21:00

The IATS project

Colin Slator and Alwin Knowles
Last year the "In at the Start Project" at High Batts won the national community prize in the Heidelberg Quarry Life Award. The project focuses on a programme of species recording and habitat development on a new quarry extraction site; this is a chance to hear what has been achieved to date and future plans.
When: Wed October 23 19:30 - 21:00

Hope for Hen Harriers?

James Bray, RSPB Bowland project officer
James will talk about the RSPB’s work to protect birds of prey in the British uplands, and the battles that our birds of prey are facing in the uplands.
When: Wed November 6 19:30 - 21:00

From Paris to Harrogate: How local action on nature can help tackle climate change

Simon Bowens, Friends of the Earth Yorkshire campaigner
The Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2015 set out an ambition to pursue efforts to keep global temperature rises within 1.5?C. The world’s leading climate experts have warned about the risks to the natural world if we fail to do so. Simon will set out some of these risks, what needs to happen in Yorkshire to reduce these risks and what we can all do to help, from planting trees to stopping fracking.
When: Wed November 20 19:30 - 21:00

Members' Evening

Short presentations from five members - details to be confirmed
When: Wed December 4 19:30 - 21:30

Alkborough Flats

Graham Catley, professional photographer
Since its creation as a flood risk management and managed realignment site in 2006, Graham has monitored the birds and wildlife on the 440 hectare site for the Alkborough Flats Partnership, Natural England  Environment Agency, North Lincs Council and ABP, and provides a detailed insight into the changes that have taken place on the site and the way birds have adapted to the changes.
When: Wed January 8 2020 19:30 - 21:00

The Birds and Culture of Bhutan

Sheila Nash, HDNS
When: Wed January 22 2020 19:30 - 21:00

Invasive non-native species

John Cave YWT
Invasive non-native species are the second largest threat to global biodiversity. Like much of the world, Yorkshire’s habitats and ecosystems are being impacted by an array of non-native species. What can be done to tackle these species? And how can we reduce the threat of new introductions? Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have been working for a number of years to tackle these troublesome species and protect Yorkshire’s wildlife. We will reveal more about these species; why are they so successful? their impacts, and what is being done here in Yorkshire to tackle and win the fight against Invasive species.
When: Wed February 5 2020 19:30 - 21:00

From the Notebook – a photographic journey

Malcolm Jones, HDNS
Harrogate to Hungary, Filey to Fuerteventura:  travels of a European birdwatcher.
When: Wed February 19 2020 19:30 - 21:00

Farming & Wildlife

Chris Tomson RSPB
An illustrated talk about wildlife conservation on farms mainly in Yorkshire both in the uplands and the arable east.
When: Wed March 4 2020 19:30 - 21:00

1280 and counting- Flora of HDNS area

Kevin Walker, BSBI Head of Science
Everything a non-botanist needs to know about the flora of the HDNS area but was afraid to ask. We'll look at the history of plant recording in our area - who recorded what and when - followed by a tour of the area by habitat / species (not all of them). What makes our area special from a botanical perspective and then round off with a botanical quiz just to make sure everyone has learned something.
When: Wed March 18 2020 19:30 - 21:00

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